Van Cortlandt Park

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Van Cortlandt Park is thought to be haunted. Witnesses say dolls walk, doors close, whispers come from nowhere, and apparitions abound here in the Bronx’s oldest building, Van Cortlandt House. The park, back in 1778, was the site of the Stockbridge Indian Massacre, when British soldiers hunted and killed nearly 40 Native Americans. Their bodied were eventually buried in the northwest corner of the park.

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Van Cortlandt Park
Bronx, NY
United States

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40.8979346, -73.88595140000001
Bronx County, New York
Nearest Towns:
Yonkers, NY (2.4 mi.)
Mount Vernon, NY (2.7 mi.)
Eastchester, NY (2.9 mi.)
Inwood, NY (3.1 mi.)
Borough of Bronx, NY (3.5 mi.)
Englewood Cliffs, NJ (3.6 mi.)
Bronxville, NY (4.0 mi.)
Pelham Manor, NY (4.1 mi.)
Pelham, NY (4.2 mi.)
Tenafly, NJ (4.4 mi.)


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  1. A good friend of mine has worked on the site for more than 15 years. He says the site actively discourages serious talks of haunting and such, except for the silly stuff around Halloween, but the site is unpleasant. He said several people have reported seeing a small boys face looking down from an upper level window when there was not supposed to be anyone in the house.

    Further my friend said he spent the night there once, sleeping on a 2nd floor landing and NOTHING will ever make him do that again. He flat out refused to discuss it but this is a man not easily rattled.

  2. The Indian massacre took place in the northeast section of the park, east of the Thruway and west of Van Cortlandt Park East roadway in the section north of E. 233rd Street. The monument memorial is right near Van Cortlandt Park East but the massacre took place a little further into the park area. So saying that the Indians were buried in the northwest area is likely not correct.

  3. My sister’s boyfriend and I were taking a walk one evening with my family. It was August of 2013, nice warm night. Out of no where, he and I both experienced a freezing cold wind sweep past us. No one else felt it but he and I. We were on our way out of the park, on the path that runs in front of the tennis courts and the old house, walking towards broadway. It was pretty weird and that wind was freezing!!!!!!!!! Abnormally freezing.

  4. There was a video on YouTube and spread widely throughout social media which was later taken down by the government it was about a girl who disappeared at the age of 7 in the woods and reappeared at the age of 13 walking out van cortlandt woods but she could not speak due to what has happened . Many do not believe this story but she told the story about how she was walking and all of a sudden a tree branch grabbed her back but she kept walk but all of a sudden it wrapped of her legs pulled her on the floor and fell on her face she said she felt it wrap around her body and pulled her . She couldn’t move or scream but she saw people throughout the day just walking and laughing like it was all normal and at night she saw white things/dots playing in a circle. She said she saw trees form itself together to look like a human made out of tree and start walking. Then she said all of a sudden 6 years later she woke up in the floor . The same spot the tree branch pulled her and the tree on her face. Her shirt was dirty and the bottoms I do not know about . If you find the story please let me know

    • that’s terrifying. I really would like to see the video u are talking about or at least read the story about the girl. Thanks for sharing this.

  5. Thank you Lord! Somebody is with me on this! I also live on the edge of the woods. Only thing separating me from the woods is a black gate. I might as well just say I live in the woods. I just moved to Yonkers and I used to frequently walk those woods alone unbeknown to me that it was basically an Indian burial ground (my goodness). I don’t do it anymore because of the story Im about to tell you. Im 23 years old and this happened two years ago. I went in there at night with my cousin. Just a normal night. Before I begin, I want to start out by saying I would always get bad vibes in those woods. All the trees look like they have seen horror like you said. I took a shortcut into the woods coming home from the city. Its a thirty minute walk from the open field on 242nd st where you get off the train station and walk inside the park pass the landmark, pass the tennis courts into the woods. I would then take a right pass the bridge (if you know which bridge im talking about in the woods near a lake or a pond that would freeze over in winter) and continue where most jog or ride bikes. Before this, I used to take walks at night back home with a flash light. I’m happy Im alive! But I take this walk tonight with my cousin. At the end of our walk just at the end of the gulf course is where I live. Its pitch black and all I hear is our footsteps. Out of no where. A large bark that sounds nine feet tall and inches away from us sends me and my cousin running the other direction. We run as far as we can from whatever it was. At this point we have tears in our eyes and shaking uncontrollably. I never believed anything like that would ever happen to me. We gain the courage to go back the same direction after 10 min or so in pitch black with just our cellphones light low on battery. Just before we reach my house my friend jumps out and tries to scare us. That should’ve scared us but we were relieved to see another face. Crazy thing is. When we asked him if he heard the bark that easily echoed the entire woods he said he didn’t hear a thing. We couldn’t believe it. My cousin and I haven’t spoken much about it since then and he doesn’t come by my house anymore. Cause I too find the circumference around my house to have this bad energy that creeps up on you.

    A few months back I decide to go back in there with a friend. We’re sitting by a very creepy water tower that doesn’t run anymore but used to when I first moved in. A strange rastafarian man came up to us and started to tell us amazing wildlife stories he had throughout his life. But nothing would beat what he heard in these woods in BROAD DAYLIGHT a year after my experience. It was the same bark that I heard him describing but this time it came from behind him. But when he turned around there was nothing there. He was also terrified. He also brought up a great point. The water stream next to the water tower used to run beautifully. He suggested someone had stopped the water from running so that whatever it was wouldn’t go feeding at that stream due to families coming by and things like that. He also came across some white older man chanting something crazy nakedly through the woods. Theirs also detectives on horses that come by early in the morning. I don’t know what they patrol but they also look very suspicious like something out of the 1800s. Its not until I finally took to the internet to find out why so many weird things was happening to me in those woods. Now I know. It was a massacre. Who knows whats lurks in there. I urge anyone who goes in there to NOT GO IN ALONE! Or after dark! Its dangerous to go into any woods alone. Especially the one I live by known as Van Cortlandt Park Woods.

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